Talisker Distillers Edition 2000, 45.8%

Price: $83.00 Issue: Summer 2012 Reviewer: Dave Broom

The immediate shore-like blast suggests that the sweet amoroso casks haven't been overly enthusiastic in their embrace. What seems to have happened is that while giving some date and prune they have added an extra layer of oak — giving a charred element — and, like Lagavulin, hints of tar. The smoke is obscured and the pepper is Javanese. It's a polite Talisker, but the absorption of the smoke means it has lost something integral to its being.